The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

The Butcher Boy is a dark and disturbing tale set in small-town Ireland, following the life of a troubled young boy who descends into madness and violence. The protagonist's life is filled with neglect, abuse and mental health issues, and his increasingly erratic behavior and gruesome fantasies lead him down a path of horrific actions. The novel provides a stark exploration of the effects of societal neglect and the failure of mental health systems.

The 1117th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 479

Since this book was first published in 1992, there is a penalty of 28.8%. The age adjusted score is 341.05.

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